July 17, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Art listings are compiled by Sarah Han. Because of space limitations, new art shows are listed the week they open (thereafter, shows are listed on a rotating basis), and we cannot list café exhibits. For information on how to submit listings to this section, see 8 Days a Week. Reviews are by Lindsey Westbrook.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor Lincoln Park (near 34th Ave and Clement); 863-3330. Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm. $8, $6 seniors, $5 for 12 to 17, free for 11 and under (free Tues). "Michael Sweerts 1618-1664: Flemish Master of the Sacred and the Profane." Forty paintings and 20 engravings by the artist. Through Aug 25.
Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission; CAR-TOON. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. $2-5. "Web-Slinging and Wall-Crawling: The Art of Spider-Man." The Cartoon Art Museum hosts the first-ever major exhibition of original artwork from the Spider-Man comic book series. The show features almost 20 pages of drawings by Steve Ditko, who created the character with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, as well as dozens more drawings by the artists who took over where Ditko left off: John Romita, Ross Andru, Todd McFarlane, and others. The original drawings offer fascinating insights into Marvel's process of comic book creation. For example, patches of Wite-Out and pasted-over text balloons show an artist's hand at work in ways that are completely invisible in the final product. Special sections of the show focus on Peter Parker's wedding, "Marvel Team-Ups" (Spider-Man paired with Daredevil, the Transformers, the Black Widow, etc.), and an issue devoted to the aftermath of Sept. 11. Unless you're already a Spider scholar, however, you might find yourself wishing the show had fewer pictures and more text on the walls. Through Sun/21. (Westbrook)
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Thurs-Tues, 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-9pm. $10, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths. "Seeing." More than 70 installations, some brand-new and some updated favorites, populate this long-awaited Exploratorium extravaganza. The title of the show may be "Seeing," but you'll probably be most surprised at what you don't see in some of the installations. Change Blindness is a huge computer screen showing a quiet storefront-sidewalk scene. Every few seconds the screen goes black for a moment, then flashes back at what appears to be the same picture. It's actually changing significantly each time, but the intervening black screens prevent your eyes from perceiving the differences. Dozens of other installations explore the social aspects of seeing. Paul Kaiser's Inkblot Perceptions analyzes the ways in which interpretations of Rorschach-like blots vary with age and cultural background. There's also an entire gallery full of sculptures by Judith Scott, a resident artist at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland whose work has appeared in major museums all over the world. Numerous seeing-related films, lectures, and special events will take place during July and August; go to www.exploratorium.edu for complete information. Through Jan 31, 2003. (Westbrook)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third St; 357-4000. Fri-Tues, 10am-6pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm. $10, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for 12 and under and members (free first Tues; half-price Thurs, 6-9pm). "Sampling/Christian Marclay." Video installation and film works by Christian Marclay. Through July 28. "Yes Yoko Ono." More than 100 early and recent works by Ono. Through Sept 8. "Ellsworth Kelly in San Francisco." More than 20 works by Kelly. Through Jan 5, 2003. "Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure." Almost 80 works on paper by de Kooning. Through Sept 8. "Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971." More than 150 photographs by 65 photographers from Chicago's Institute of Design. July 20-Oct 20.
Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 465-8700. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Free. "Reflections of Me and My World 2002." A children's art show. Through Mon/22.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $6, $4 seniors and students. "Scene in Oakland, 1852-2002: Artworks Celebrating the City's 150th Anniversary." More than 65 paintings, drawings, watercolors, and photographs from 1852-2002 by 48 California artists. Through Aug 25. "Ruth Asawa: Completing the Cycle." Nearly 75 works by sculptor Ruth Asawa. Through Sept 22.
UC Berkeley Art Museum 2625 Durant, Berk; (510) 642-0808. Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. $6, $4 seniors and youths, free for 12 and under, members, and UC Berkeley students and faculty. "Matrix 198: T.J. Wilcox Smorgasbord." An installation by T.J. Wilcox featuring three reconstituted films. Through Sun/28. "New Knowledge." The 32nd annual UC Berkeley Masters of Fine Arts graduate exhibit. Through Sun/28.
Gregory Lind Gallery 49 Geary; 296-9661. Tues-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "Catch," recent paintings by Bob Bailey; "Knot Quite," works by Seth Koen, Susan Lyman, and Richard Baker. Through Sat/20. "New Files, New Territories," works by Frank Davi Jr., Breon Dunigan, Sharon Engelstein, and Sarah Walker (reception Aug 1, 5:30-7:30pm). July 23-Aug 23.
John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Gallery Berkeley Business Center, 2956 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 649-0499. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. "Standing Still," work by Kathleen Schwab (reception Sat/27, 5-8pm). July 22-Aug 1.
The Lab 2948 16th St; 864-8855. Wed-Sat, 1-6pm, and by appt. "Naked Light," work by Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson (reception Fri/19, 7-9pm). July 19-Aug 10. "Visceral Distance," work by Kimberly Miskowicz (reception Fri/19, 7-9pm). July 19-Aug 10.
Pond 214 Valencia; 437-9151. Thurs-Sun, 3-8pm, and by appt. "Pow! The Power of Women in Illustrative and Sequential Arts," a Ladyfest Bay Area showcase of works by women artists (reception Fri/26, 6:30-9:30pm). July 19-Aug 11.
San Francisco Art Institute Annex Space 701 Chestnut; 905-6351. Thurs, noon-8pm; Fri-Sun, noon-5pm. "Emerge 2002," a juried exhibit featuring works by Bay Area artists (reception Wed/17, 6-9pm). July 18-Aug 4.
Velvet da Vinci 508 Hayes; 626-7478. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, noon-4pm. New wire sculpture by Diane Komater; new enamels by Deborah Lozier (reception Fri/19. 6-8pm). Through Aug 18.
Weinstein Gallery 253 Grant; 397-6177. Daily, 10am-7pm. Sculpture,
paintings, and mixed-media works by Marc Chagall. July 18-Aug 15.
Albany Community Center 1249 Marin, Albany; (510) 524-9283. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. "Before and After," photographs by Jim Hair (reception Sun/21, 4-6pm). July 21-Sept 19.
Lucky Tackle 6608 San Pablo, Oakl; (510) 484-4373. Fri-Sun, 1-5pm and by appt. "Shit-Hot," works by Brian Boyer, Sarah Cain, David Fulton, Mariah Robertson, Amy Robinson, and others. July 20-Aug 31.
A New Leaf 1286 Gilman, Berk; (510) 525-7621. Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. "Water Visions 2002," water sculpture by 20 sculptors (reception Sat/20, 3-5pm). July 20-Sept 15.
Andrea Schwartz 333 Bryant; 495-2090. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, by appt. Mixed media on panel works by Deborah Bell; acrylic on linen by Christine Vaillancourt. Through Fri/19.
Aquarius Records 1055 Valencia; 647-2272. Mon-Wed, 10am-9pm; Thurs-Sun, 10am-10pm. "A Short History of Decay." Jim Haynes's brew of oxidizing chemicals will wear away not only metal but also paper. He loves those red rust stains and the way they creep along, eating away at whatever he decides to drip it on. The 50 works featured at Aquarius Records are rusted photographs individually framed and arranged into themed groups above the record shelves. Unlike most artists, who use acid-free paper and permanent inks to create works that will resist the degrading effects of time and the environment, Haynes goes out of his way to assure potential buyers that the rust on these photos will continue to spread slowly across the silver emulsion on the paper. Even behind glass, they are dynamic and seemingly alive; like humans, they will look slightly different and completely unique on each successive day of their existence. Through Sun/21. (Westbrook).
ArtHaus 1053 Bush, Ste 2; 922-8219. By appt only. "Summer Stock," works by various artists. Through Sept 21.
Big Pagoda Company 1903 Fillmore; 563-8727. Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm. "Order/Chaos," paintings by Carrie Marrill, Joslyn Beta Lawrence, Monica Sarzynski, Robin Sebourn, John Smiddy, Whitney Vosburgh, and Linda Wanczyk. Through Mon/29.
Braunstein/Quay 430 Clementina; 278-9850. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Introductions," paintings by Craig Nagasawa and an installation by Amy Rathbone. Through Sat/27.
Brian Gross Fine Art 49 Geary; 788-1050. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Paintings by Michelle Fierro. Through Aug 24.
Don Soker Contemporary Art 49 Geary; 291-0966. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Lines," recent works in various media by Nicole Fein. Through Sat/27.
Encantada 904 Valencia; 642-3939. Tues-Sun, noon-6pm; Fri-Sat, noon-8pm. "Places of Origin, Images from a Printmaker's Journal," etchings by Xavier Viramontes. Through Sun/28.
FiftyCrows Gallery 1074 Folsom; 551-0091. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm. Photographs by the recipients of the 12th annual International Fund for Documentary Photography Award. Through Sat/27.
Fifty24SF 228 Fillmore; 252-0144. Wed-Sun, 1-7pm. "Four on the Floor: Making Art to Be Destroyed," skateboard graphics by Chris Wright, Nick Neubeck, Jeremy Fish, Bigfoot, Giant One, Mat O'Brien, Jesse MacMillian, Mark Gonzales, and Pushead. Through Sun/21.
Freddie Fong Contemporary Art 760 Market, #258; 391-6133. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Photo-installation by Carolyn Mackin. Through Sat/20.
Friend's Cafe 207 Valencia; 552-2725. Call for hours. "Girls on Film," photographs by queer women artists Rana Freedman, Chris Sellers, AJ Perle, Beth Flatley, Joyce Solano, Cara Gurney, and Bonnie Dundee. Through July 31.
Gallery OneZero 10 Vinton Court; www.galleryonezero.com. Fri-Sat, 2-6pm (first Thurs, 5-7pm). "Selections: 1998-2002," photographs by Nancy Warner (reception Sat/20, 2-6pm). Through Oct 12.
Gallery Paule Anglim 14 Geary; 433-2710. Tues-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10am-5pm. "Introductions 2002," works by Mads Lynnerup, Genevieve Quick, and Anna Von Mertens. Through Aug 3.
George Krevsky Gallery 77 Geary; 397-9748. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Introductions 2002," work by Stacey Carter and Bret Gottschall. Through Sat/27.
Hackett-Freedman 250 Sutter, Fourth fl; 362-7152. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Recent Still Lifes," paintings by Colleen Cox. Through Sat/27.
HANG 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Imago: Dream Catchers and Body Snatchers," works on canvas by Yvette Molina. Through Tues/30.
HANG Annex 565 Sutter; 434-4264. Call for hours. "Something I Forgot to Tell You," landscapes by Jonn Herscend. Through Tues/30.
HANG at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. "Flat Lines," new works on paper by HANG artists. Through Thurs/18.
Hotel Biron Gallery 45 Rose; 703-0403. Tues-Sun, 5pm-2am. "Demimonde," works by Theresa Moore. Through Mon/29.
Images of the North 2036 Union; 673-1273. Call for hours. "Dance of Life," sculpture by Abraham Anghik Ruben. Through Mon/22.
New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm. "The 2002 Bay Area Award Show," work by Midori Harima, Scott Hewicker, John Slepian, and Libby Black. Through Sat/27.
Noe Artspace 3901 23rd St; 824-2550. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, and by appt. "Sanctuary of Dreams," work by Dimitri Kourouniotis and Kurt Glowienke. Through Tues/30.
Octavia's Haze 498 Hayes; 255-6818. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. "Petals from the Heart," work by Remarque Loy and Dana Kawano. Through Sun/28.
ODC Theater Gallery 3153 17th St; 626-6745. Thurs, 3-5pm; Sat, 3-6pm. Photographs and mixed media works by Emily Miller. Through Sat/27.
111 Minna Gallery 111 Minna; 974-1719. Tues-Fri, 1-7 pm; Sat, 4-7pm. "Homefront: Propaganda posters from the Great War of the Californias," work by Sandow Birk. Through Sat/27.
One Post Street One Post; 788-1050. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm. Paintings and sculpture by Sono Osato. Through Sat/20.
R8 Gallery 8 Avery; 364-1806. Call for hours. "Under the Surface," a group exhibition. Through Sun/28.
Rena Bransten Gallery 77 Geary; 982-3292. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Housebroken." The eight artists participating in "Housebroken" take the concept of domesticity with a grain of salt. Working in a variety of media, they play with conventional ideas of house and home, often to unsettling effect. Some, including Bruce Tomb and the duo castaneda/reiman, use ordinary building materials like wood and plastic to create dramatically unusual structures. Kate Pocrass's Stolen Soaps photographs each show a piece of soap she pilfered from one of her friends' bathrooms. While a few of the soaps are new, most are partially used. Aggregated on the gallery wall, the evidence of Pocrass's little acts of kleptomania gives a whole new meaning to the term "home invasion." Other artists in the show are Larry Sultan, Yoshi Abe, Jon Rubin, and An Te Liu. Through Sat/20. (Westbrook)
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl; 252-2568. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "View of My Country," works by Luis Arias Vera and other artists from Peru. Through Aug 11. "Two Painters," work by Holly Blake and Robert Gutierrez. Through Aug 25. "Insights," works by artists who are legally blind (reception Thurs/18, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Sept 15.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery Fort Mason, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 441-4777. Tues-Sat, 11:30am-5:30pm. "New Photography," works by various artists. Through Fri/26.
600 Townsend 600 Townsend; 876-7774. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. "Bay Area Student Sculpture Biennial," work by student artists from northern California universities and art schools. Through Fri/26.
66 Balmy 66 Balmy Alley; 648-1760. Wed-Mon, 10am-5pm. "Curio," work by Louise Jarmilowicz, Christian Lunch, and Hal Robins. Through Mon/22.
Stephen Wirtz Gallery Bankers Investment Bldg, 49 Geary; 433-6879. Call for hours. "Backdrops," new paintings by Rick Arnitz; new work by Ulrike Palmbach. Through Sat/27.
Student Center Art Gallery SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Union, 1650 Holloway; 338-2580. Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-3pm. "House of Style: From Runway to Hallway," household furnishings, clothing, and more. Through Fri/26.
TerrainArts 165 Jessie; 896-0249. Tues-Fri, noon-5pm. "Border (x)iconography: New Media + Photography from Tijuana." Through Aug 3. See Critic's Choice.
Toomey-Tourell Fine Art 49 Geary; 989-6444. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "introductions," work by Maryellen Latas and Sofia Panzarini. Through Mon/30.
Triangle Gallery 47 Kearny, Fifth floor; 392-1686. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Ceramic Sculpture," works by Wanxin Zhang. Through Aug 10.
Walter and McBean Galleries San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 749-4563. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Angelic States - Event Sequence." Connie Samaras's large-scale digital prints are totally unmanipulated; believe it or not, these are actual slices of real life in Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas, all taken within the past five years. The idea of "straight" photography is both ironic and interesting to Samaras, not just because she is a lesbian but also because these pictures demonstrate how closely reality can mimic fiction. Minuteman Missile Being Tested over the Skies of Los Angeles looks more like a UFO landing than a missile exploding, and her images of the 2000 Democratic National Convention, full of spotlights and police cars, look like scenes from a Hollywood action movie. Through Sat/27. (Westbrook)
Washington Square Gallery 1821 Powell; 291-9255. Wed-Thurs,
Sat-Sun, noon-5pm; Fri, 2:30-5:30pm; and by appt. "Mira,"
a two-person exhibition featuring Latino artists Servando Garcia and
Isabel Urbina. Sat/27.
Artship Foundation 1715 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 238-5103, www.artship.org. Daily, 24hrs. Work by Jessamyn Lovell. Through Mon/22.
Artship Windows Storefront windows at 19th St and Broadway, Oakl; www.girlsinthehall.org. Daily, 24 hrs. "Catastrophe, Crisis, and Other Family Traditions," photographs by Jessamyn Lovell. Through Mon/22.
Berkeley Historical Society 1931 Center, Berk; (510) 848-0181. Thurs-Sat, 1-4pm. "From the Attic: Preserving and Sharing Our Past," textiles, photos, and artifacts. Through Fri/26.
Traywick 1316 10th St, Berk; (510) 527-1214. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Summer 2002, Part One: New Painting and Sculpture," work by Benicia Gantner, Kelsey Nicholson, Jessica Snow, and Victoria Wagner. Through Sat/20.